CINCINNATI – What would be more fun: skiing around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or driving the pace car at the 500? Nick Goepper might find out.
The Olympic bronze medalist loves to do tricks on skis, but he usually does them on the slopes, not on one of the most famous race tracks in the world.
Of all the cool things he has done since capturing the media spotlight at the Sochi Olympics, the 19-year-old from Lawrenceburg, Ind., was most excited about his newest trick when he visited WCPO on Thursday.
That was skiing around the snow-covered Brickyard this week and doing a backflip at the finish line. (See the video below)
"I did the first-ever Brickyard Backflip with my buddy Kyle (Delong)," Goepper said. "We zoomed around the Speedway five or six times at 60 mph. That was pretty fun."
Workers even swept away the snow so Goepper could kiss the bricks at the finish line – a tradition among race winners.
"I got the invite to come back to the race in May. I can't wait," Goepper said.
Goepper will be a celebrity guest in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade on the day before the May 25 race. The two-mile parade includes the 33 Indy drivers, plus floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.
And, there could be more "500" fun in store for Goepper. He could be in line to drive the Corvette pace car around the track at the start on May 25.
Goepper would flip at the chance.
"Someone mentioned it to me. I would be so stoked to do that. I've never driven a Corvette before," Goepper said.
Who better than Goepper to drive the Indy pace car?
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck might be in the running. Or one of the Pacers stars (Paul George? David West?), but they probably will be playing in the NBA conference finals.
Told he would have to drive fast, Goepper smiled and said:
"I'm all right with that."